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Nigeria suicide attacks toll reaches 45: emergency service

Kano - Two female suicide bombers on Friday killed 45 people and wounded 33 others when they detonated their explosives in a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeast, the emergency service saidThe army had earlier put the death toll at 30.

Nigeria's Boko Haram battle stalls as population starves

Kano - Nigeria's military campaign against Boko Haram Islamists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter while the UN warns the affected region faces the "largest crisis in Africa".

Nigeria, Morocco mull gas pipeline mega-project

Lagos - Nigeria and Morocco are in talks over a huge project to extend a West African gas pipeline to stretch up towards Europe, officials say.

Lagos poor left homeless by ruthless modernisation bid

Lagos - Efforts by Lagos authorities to turn Nigeria's chaotic commercial capital into a modern megacity have run into controversy after the demolition of an impoverished waterfront neighbourhood left 30,000 people homeless.

Nigerian court denies bail to separatist leader Kanu

Abuja - A Nigerian court on Thursday refused bail to a separatist activist, whose arrest last year sparked a wave of bloody protests across the country.

Boko Haram blocking aid to scores of refugees in Cameroon: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Friday that the threat from Boko Haram jihadists was complicating efforts to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees living in dire conditions in northern Cameroon.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria of killing 150 Biafra activists

Lagos - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Nigeria's security forces of killing at least 150 pro-Biafra protesters and injuring hundreds since August 2015.The army denied the charge.

Nigeria's peace talks with oil rebels deadlocked

Warri - Just weeks ago, Nigeria's junior oil minister said output was almost back to normal after a year of devastating attacks against the major African oil producer.But now it seems Emmanuel Kachikwu spoke way too soon about the 2.

Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Yaound - An attack by Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists against a Lake Chad army base manned by an anti-insurgent regional force has left six Cameroonian soldiers dead, a military source said Tuesday.

'Africa's male Barbie' speaks out after Nigeria controversy

Lagos - A cross-dressing social media star dubbed "Africa's male Barbie" has shot to fame in Nigeria, sparking a charged debate in a conservative country where alternative lifestyles remain frowned upon.

Polluted water in hand, Nigerian king takes Shell to court in London

London - King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community in Nigeria, proof of oil pollution that he blames on Royal Dutch Shell -- and on which he hopes a London court will deliver justice.

Boko Haram stages three suicide attacks in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Boko Haram Islamists staged three suicide attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast on Friday, leaving four attackers and two civilian vigilantes dead, police said.

Terrorism deaths fall in 2015: annual global index

London - Terrorism deaths fell last year thanks to a weakening of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, but both groups expanded their geographic reach, a new index revealed Wednesday.

UN says 75,000 children in Nigeria risk dying in 'months'

Abuja - Fourteen million people in northeast Nigeria urgently need humanitarian assistance and 75,000 children risk dying in "a few months", the United Nations warned Tuesday.

Boko Haram leader warns Trump 'war has just begun'

Kano - The leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram has reacted to the election of Donald Trump to the White House with a warning that "the war has just begun" against the West.

Dreams turn sex slave nightmares for Nigeria's trafficked women

Rome - They arrive in their hundreds every month, their heads full of dreams of new lives in Europe. In reality, many of them are destined for years of sexual slavery.

Suspected cattle rustlers kill 36 miners in Nigeria: government

Kano - Gunmen believed to be cattle rustlers have killed 36 miners in northern Nigeria, the government and residents said Tuesday, the latest in a long-running series of such raids.

Nigeria rescues Chibok schoolgirl near Cameroon border

Kano - Nigerian troops on Saturday rescued another of the missing Chibok schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram Islamists, in an operation near the border with Cameroon, a spokesman said.

Saudi, Iran stoke Sunni-Shia tensions in Nigeria: experts

Kano - Northern Nigeria has become the latest battleground in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, after violent clashes between supporters of rival groups from the two main branches of Islam.

Nigerian migrants struggle to leave Europe for home

Benin City - Mike hasn't told any of his friends or family that he's left France, even though he's been back in Nigeria for nearly six months. "They'd say I was mad," he said.

Stars declare they're 'not afraid' to tackle refugee crisis

New York - Top names in music including Bruce Springsteen and Robert Plant declared themselves "not afraid" in a video released Thursday to support efforts to tackle the world's refugee crisis.

Two suicide bombers kill nine in NE Nigeria: emergency services

Kano - Two suicide bombings rocked Nigeria's northeast city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least nine people and injuring scores of others, emergency services said.

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: the coronation of a lifetime

Benin City - The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

Nigeria's Buhari meets Chibok girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met the 21 Chibok girls who were released by Boko Haram last week, pledging to "redouble" his efforts to rescue those still being held.

Chibok schoolgirls reunited with families

Abuja - Twenty-one of the over 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls freed after being held by Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists for more than two years on Sunday spoke of their ordeal as they were reunited with their families.

Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls, more than two years missing

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of key events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram jihadists from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria more than two years ago.

Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

Kano - Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday.

Eight killed by suspected female suicide bomber in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Eight people were killed Wednesday in northeast Nigeria when a suspected female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near a camp housing displaced people, officials said.

Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

Kano - The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded.

Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

Maiduguri - The soldier clutched his book with both hands. He shouted his name, rank and Nigerian Army number to no-one in particular. He stood up straight and ended every reply with a bark of "sah" (sir).
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